The matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders is always circled on the calendar, but this year’s matchup carries major significance in the Big 12 title race. A loss by either team effectively removes them from contention for the conference title game, while a win could position the Longhorns as having an outside shot at making it to Jerry World.
Most importantly, the Horns are staring at a two-game losing streak, mainly a result of defensive struggles unprecedented in the Tom Herman era — this game is hugely important to getting the season back on track after the six-game winning streak massively increased expectations.
Texas will also look to continue to odd winning streaks in this series, as the visiting team has won in each of the last four seasons.
- A big-picture look at the last several recruiting classes provides a perspective on how the Longhorns defense is struggling:
For the Texas Longhorns in the second season under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, the reality of early departures for the NFL, previous recruiting mistakes, and the attrition that comes as a result of coaching changes have resulted in a disappointing defense sent over the edge by injuries and suspensions.
- The Oklahoma State and West Virginia games marked the worst two-game stretch for Todd Orlando’s defense at Texas:
When it was all said and done, West Virginia’s 578 total yards was the most Texas has surrendered in 22 games under Orlando’s guidance, while the Mountaineers’ 346 yards through the air was the most allowed since USC’s 397 in 2017, and WVU’s 232 yards gained on the ground was the largest total Texas has allowed since Maryland scampered for 263 yards to spoil Herman’s debut.
- The growth of Texas junior wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey this season has been remarkable to watch.
- Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger is putting together an historic season.
- According to Viva the Matadors, sophomore quarterback Jett Duffey presents a unique challenge to opposing defenses.
- On Wednesday, Orlando took responsibility for the defensive struggles.
- On Saturday, the Horns will face off against a familiar opponent in former Texas defensive back John Bonney.
- How the Texas offense has taken a huge leap this season.
- The Red Raiders will likely be without starting quarterback Alan Bowman and star linebacker Dakota Allen, but will still pose a major challenge to the Longhorns.
- The Burnt Orange Nation staff predicts Saturday’s game.
- Freshman WR Joshua Moore (shoulder) — out
- Sophomore OL Patrick Hudson (illness) — out
- Freshman TE Rob Cummins (knee) — out
- Sophomore LB/DE Marquez Bimage (shoulder) — out
- Junior WR Collin Johnson (knee) — out
- Junior S Brandon Jones (ankle) — out
- Senior DE Breckyn Hager (elbow) — available but limited
- Junior LB Malcolm Roach (foot) — available
How to Watch:
Time: 6:30 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Odds: Texas -1.5
Weather: 47 degrees and clear, with winds between 13 and 15 mph